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Kunst en vrije tijd - Dans

Awareness of the spine | online | English spoken

Workshop of 2 x 2 hrs on Friday from 18:45-20:45 h

Natalie Heller
Image: Amelie Berton

For whom
This 4-hour movement workshop is for those who are curious to delve deeper into the understanding of their spine and how it works.

In a time when everything is online, and stress levels are high, our body gets stiff. The most central mover in our body in the spine. Liberate the blockages there and not only does pain reduce but other symptoms may also disappear (headaches, menstruation pains, neurological irritations, sinus issues etc). By moving your spine you can find comfort in our body.The Spine is our support structure, around which everything organises. Built in an intricate way, allowing for flexibility, adaptability and multiple movement pathways the Spine is a magical structure. This 4-hour movement workshop is for those who are curious to delve deeper into the understanding of their spine and how it works. We aim to create new movement pathways using a felt-sense of the bony structure that supports us. We explore the ecology of our anatomy, working with full body integration. We use hands-on self techniques (Experiential Anatomy), and work with imagery and through guided movement explorations to bring the Spine to the forefront of our consciousness. 

Some of the topics we explore are: 
- The 6 primary curves of the Spine: flexion, extension, side
   bending and rotation.
- The head and tail relationship and the ribcage in between. 
- The Nervous System held within the Spine 
- The Spinal Fluid.

I draw from various Somatic Techniques in this workshop including work from: Steve Paxton’s ‘Material for the Spine’, Amos Hetz ‘ Movement Studies’, K J holmes work on Body Mind Centering and Roisin O’ Gorman’s work with fluids and more.

Natalie Heller is a choreographer and dance artist. She has an MA in ‘Creative Practice’ from Trinity Laban and professional training from Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Movement Research (NYC), Siobhan Davies Studios (London) and Ecole Supérieure de l’Enseignement de la Danse (Montpellier, France). She is interested in body awareness and in helping her students develop energy efficient movement pathways. It was on her exploration of different movement methodologies that she discovered Ashtanga Yoga, Pilates, Thai massage, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation, Alexander Technique, Skinner Releasing, Feldenkrais, Klein Technique and many others. She has been taking movement workshops for over twenty years and has been trained by key players in the field (including Gill Clarke, KJ, Holmes, Malcolm Manning, Eva Karczag and many others). She has been teaching movement techniques since 2006.

More about Natalie: www.natalieheller.com and www.practicingsomatics.com

Please contact info@lakcursussen.nl if you have troubles registering for the courses. You can also give us a call at 071 527 2317 

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